In the TanDEM-X project group, the management of the sub-project System Engineering and Calibration and the Institute’s contribution to TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Ground Segment development are concentrated. Besides the expertise in development and operation of SAR-systems the group has an in-depth experience in mission analysis including the simulation of satellite orbits, analysis of data flow and strategies for data acquisition.
The group is responsible for the development of the extended Instrument Operations and Calibration Segment (IOCS) for TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. This extension covers software systems for: the operational planning of the complete TanDEM-X acquisitions, the generation of radar parameters and commands as part of the Mission Planning System, the generation of the required „Auxiliary Data“ for the SAR-processing as well as tools for verification and calibration.
As support for the Mission- and Ground Segment development extended simulation environments for critical sub-systems e.g. the mission planning system and the ground station network, the synchronisation system or the mosaicking and calibration of Digital Elevation Models are being established and maintained.